Digitizing textbooks and learning materials are the most challenging activities that the Department of Education can do. Supervisors and Teachers will play an important role in its process.

The Philippines’ Biggest Educational Challenge

On the bookshelf of most Filipino households are four books: the Bible, the K-12 textbook on science or mathematics, the school textbook on English or Filipino, and perhaps the Holy Qur’an. Despite the effort and years spent in publishing and distributing these books, more than one-third of the Philippine school children cannot read them. At the highest level of the education spectrum, only 6.5% of the country’s 12th-grade students could answer a standardized test question on a single English grammar rule in 2011. The gap is partly explained by the fact that a typical Filipino school teacher, largely unschooled and frustrated by poor results, is unlikely to spend a significant amount of time on training their students to read the textbook.

Why are digitizing textbooks difficult?

Digitizing textbooks and learning materials is a difficult task and also a slow one. There are 4 reasons why digitizing is a challenge. Challenges of assignment and comprehension It is easy to be lost while reading through a page-long PDF. It is the same when reading a text in a PDF. Hence, why it is essential to create a way for students to easily access and process the digital content. How Can Users Access and Process Digital Content? Paper textbooks are either stored on a physical tablet or on a bookshelf. But in the digital world, students will be downloading and reading from a cloud server. In order for students to interact with the content, the providers must provide an easy way for users to access and process the digital content.

What are the benefits of digitizing textbooks?

Printed textbooks are heavy, cost a lot of money, it is fragile, difficult to transport, and difficult to maintain. When textbooks are digitized, the effort and cost will be significantly reduced. It will make teaching, learning, and research more efficient. The learners and the teachers will find them more accessible and useful. Digital books and learning materials will be portable and affordable. Teachers, students, and parents will be able to access them anytime and anywhere, just as they do with any traditional material. It can also save a lot of money and will have the advantage of making the learner’s learning experience better. To digitize a textbook takes around 8-12 weeks and costs up to Php12K to $2.5K. Can the government do this?

Two major breakthroughs on the digitization of learning materials during the pandemic were done by Lapu-Lapu City Division. The use of Quarterly build single module mobile app developed by teachers. The TAGS (Teaching and Guide for Students) Digital Modules is a versatile compact app developed in Region XI (Davao Region). The mobile app was released in public last May 14, 2021. Specifically developed in Tagum City Division for localized SLMS which functionality is the access of learning materials online and offline through downloads. Both innovations value access and delivery of learnings from DepEd’s Bureau of Learning Resources and delivery.

How to tackle the challenge?

First, Management Consultants can be considered as important players because they have the required skills to become professional agents of change in educational systems. Why can Management Consultants make such a difference? Here are some advantages of their help: They have organizational experience in managing, implementing, and improving institutional processes. They are very familiar with projects and tasks, especially in communities and development areas. With the right technologies, Management Consultants can make fast decisions and solve problems immediately. In addition, Management Consultants could be directed to schools that are in dire need of transformation.

Conclusion

Teachers play a critical role in any education system. They can improve learning if they are given appropriate tools and training. Formal, traditional education can be a double-edged sword. The students can learn, absorb new knowledge and ways of thinking, are provided with good and reasonable learning materials and materials that are easy to understand. However, there are students who cannot read and learn that way. We must remember that students need tools to develop their knowledge. The desire for knowledge and desire to learn is what motivates students to take an interest in knowledge, to go beyond the classroom, to get the most out of their education, to be independent, and to learn what they can do.

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